Voting Only is a Path to Failure: Stopping Mass Spying Takes More


As we stand on the cusp of the latest incarnation of the “most important election of our lifetime,” I’ve got some bad news for you.

When it comes to ending mass spying, it won’t matter.

If your party keeps or gains control of Congress, it won’t matter.

If your party loses control of the House or Senate, it won’t matter.

Go vote in federal elections to your heart’s content.

It won’t matter.

The bums you vote in or out don’t run the show.

In a new book titled National Security and Double Government, Tufts University political scientist Michael J. Glennon argues that that our elected officials have very little control over national security and defense. He asserts that agencies like the NSA, Homeland Security, the CIA and the Department of Defense largely govern themselves with virtually no accountability or oversight. Glennon describes the current American political landscape as a “double government.” As Boston Globe columnist Jordan Michael Smith put it, “There’s the one we elect, and then there’s the one behind it, steering huge swaths of policy almost unchecked. Elected officials end up serving as mere cover for the real decisions made by the bureaucracy.”

Glennon does not merely approach the subject as an academic. He possesses “insider” credentials, having served as legal counsel to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He also worked as a consultant to several congressional committees and the Department of State. He said the fact the Obama policy looks identical to Bush policy, despite all of the promises of change, sparked the book.

“I think the American people are deluded,” Glennon said in an interview with the Globe. “They believe that when they vote for a president or member of Congress or succeed in bringing a case before the courts, that policy is going to change. Now, there are many counter-examples in which these branches do affect policy…But the larger picture is still true—policy by and large in the national security realm is made by the concealed institutions.”

This reality has important ramification for those working to reform NSA surveillance programs and rein in the spy state. It indicates that the traditional strategies of working through Congress and the federal court system will create good political theater, but have little chance of concrete success. As Glennon explains it, the bureaucracies essentially set the policy and the political class defers to their “expertise.”

Members of Congress are generalists and need to defer to experts within the national security realm, as elsewhere. They are particularly concerned about being caught out on a limb having made a wrong judgment about national security and tend, therefore, to defer to experts, who tend to exaggerate threats. The courts similarly tend to defer to the expertise of the network that defines national security policy.

The presidency itself is not a top-down institution, as many people in the public believe, headed by a president who gives orders and causes the bureaucracy to click its heels and salute. National security policy actually bubbles up from within the bureaucracy. Many of the more controversial policies, from the mining of Nicaragua’s harbors to the NSA surveillance program, originated within the bureaucracy. John Kerry was not exaggerating when he said that some of those programs are “on autopilot.”

Glennon said this dynamic “can result in some very dire consequences.”

But that doesn’t mean we should just throw in the towel and give up. We just need to alter our strategies. Glennon points out that reform has to come from the American people. Not from the government.

“Government is very much the problem here.”

The OffNow strategy ignores D.C. and involves a sort of “institutional civil disobedience.” By using other existing power centers, specifically state and local governments, we will disrupt and pressure these concealed institutions. It took public agitation to advance the civil rights movement. It took public agitation to end the war in Vietnam. And it will take public agitation to bring substantive change to the surveillance state.

Replacing politicians in Washington D.C. will have zero effect unless those in office feel the pressure of the American people. Casting a vote won’t do it. But shutting off the water to an NSA facility just might. Pressuring corporations so they will stop cooperating with agencies engaging in unwarranted spying just might. Pulling the plug on university partnerships with the NSA just might.

When OffNow rolled out its strategy last year, many praised it for its boldness, but wrote it off as “too radical” and “too aggressive.”

I disagree. We need to act aggressively. Mounting evidence affirms this view.

Radical violations of your rights call for radical measures, not just votes.

Won’t you join us?

http://www.offnow.org/voting_is_a_path_to_failure_stopping_mass_spying_takes_more?utm_campaign=elections_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_source=offnow

Breaking News: DRAGON FAMILY NOW OWNS IMF & FEDERAL RESERVE, 18-10-2014


This is one we’ve been waiting for! Yes, the Ambassador confirms that the Family is now the lawful owner of the Federal Reserve that has waged war on humanity for over 100 years. They are responsible for operating the largest and most oppressive criminal operation, an extortion racket and human slave trade, in the history of the world. They totally failed in their mandate to serve humanity; and their mandate has not been renewed. Instead, steps are being taken to transform society, restoring people’s natural rights along with principles of limited government (Republics) outlined in the founding documents of the united States in America. Again, he admonishes us to look in the mirror and to stop aggression, greed and the illusion of self importance.


Dept. of Defense Ebola manual: Smoking Guns



October 9, 2014

NoMoreFakeNews.com

As I’ve been pointing out, the standard test for diagnosing Ebola is the PCR, which has many flaws that render it misleading and useless.

Therefore, “diagnosed with Ebola,” through the PCR test, means nothing. “Ebola” could be flu, could be “drinking contaminated water,” could be any number of non-Ebola conditions.

Analogy: you’re flying a plane at night over a land mass your instruments tell you is Greenland—but the instruments often indicate Greenland when they should be reporting Iceland, Alaska, Nova Scotia, Quebec or even Fiji.

So when the authorities report there are 6000 cases of Ebola and 3000 deaths, or when they report that two patients in the US have Ebola, they’re relying on a diagnostic test that can’t confirm any of these assertions is true.

This is verified in spades by a Dept. of Defense manual.

The title is: “Ebola Zaire (EZ1) rRT-PCR (TaqMan®) Assay on ABI 7500 Fast Dx, LightCycler, & JBAIDS: INSTRUCTION BOOKLET” published by “Joint Project Manager Medical Countermeasures Systems.” It is dated 14 August 2014.

http://www.fda.gov/downloads/MedicalDevices/Safety/EmergencySituations/UCM408334.pdf

Under the title is the statement: “Manufactured by the Naval Medical Research Center for the US DOD.”

Here is a quote:

“…the EZ1 assay [the PCR test] should not be performed unless the individual has been exposed to or is at risk for exposure to Ebola Zaire virus or has signs and symptoms of infection with Ebola Zaire virus (detected in the West Africa outbreak in 2014) that meet clinical and epidemiologic criteria for testing suspect specimens.”

Translation: “Unless you’re already pretty sure the patient has Ebola—whatever that means—don’t run the test, because the test isn’t all that reliable.”

Not very reassuring. A test is a test. It’s supposed to register a true positive or negative result on anyone.

Here’s another quote:

“[The PCR test] should not be used as the sole basis for patient management decisions. Results [of the PCR] are for the presumptive identification of the Ebola Zaire virus (detected in the West Africa outbreak in 2014).”

Translation: “The word ‘presumptive’ means ‘we’re not sure’. And that’s right. We’re not sure. Don’t rely on the PCR for a definitive diagnosis of Ebola.”

Here is the final quote: “The definitive identification of the Ebola Zaire virus (detected in the West Africa outbreak in 2014) requires additional testing and confirmation procedures in consultation with public health or other authorities for whom reporting is required. The diagnosis of Ebola Zaire virus (detected in the West Africa outbreak in 2014) infection must be made based on history, signs, symptoms, exposure likelihood, and other laboratory evidence in addition to the identification of the Ebola Zaire virus (detected in the West Africa outbreak in 2014) by this [PCR] test.”

That’s the capper. It baldly states that other diagnostic tests must be run. I can tell you what those other tests should be. One, purification and direct isolation of the virus from the patient; and two, a test to determine the amount of virus in the patient—because millions and millions of active Ebola virus must be present in the patient to even begin to say he is “an Ebola case.”

And I can tell you these tests are not being run on so-called Ebola patients.

Therefore, this whole “Ebola event” is the blind leading the blind.

We see other evidence of this. Press reports are mentioning the fact that far fewer “Ebola patients” than expected are showing blood hemorrhaging. Another tip-off that the PCR test is bringing into the fold “presumptive cases of Ebola”—people who are suffering from factors that have nothing to do with Ebola.


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Last week, when Tom Frieden, the head of the CDC, gave a press conference concerning “the Dallas Ebola patient,” he assured one and all that the patient had Ebola, because the PCR test, “a very accurate test,” had been run. (see the 2m06s mark in the video of the press conference.)

Another CDC lie.

Some readers, who haven’t been reading all my Ebola articles (archived here), will respond by saying, “If it isn’t Ebola, then what is it?”

The flaw in that question is the use of the word “it,” which suggests that whatever is making people sick and killing them is one thing.

This is the same flaw present in AIDS, West Nile, SARS, bird flu, Swine Flu. The assumption that one germ is responsible, in each “epidemic,” is false.

The illness and death occurred for many different reasons—and the medical trick involved is pretending a single virus connected all these disparate people together.

In other words: hoax.

Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at www.nomorefakenews.com

CALL TO ACTION: Expose EbolaGate, Arrest the Perps, Stay healthy with Vitamin C **PLEASE SHARE THIS VIDEO**


Mass media’s coverage of Ebola is a complete failure, so I’m asking everyone who resonates with this information to step into the role of Citizen Reporter. If you’ve ever wanted to make a difference in the world, here’s your chance. This is your mission:

Activate your inner Spiritual Activist, take action by sharing this information with out loved ones.  It’s easy, just share this information with as many people as you can and ask them to share with at least 10 people, who are asked to share with10 more people and so on. We can reach millions of people in a very short period of time. This info is critical to breaking the mass hypnosis of the collective mind, so lets penetrate their audience by encouraging people to go to the mass media websites like CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, FOX and share this video in the comment section under Ebola story’s. Don’t forget to ask readers to share.

Also, use the power of Creative Visualization to arrest the perps behind Ebolagate, who are the same people behind the wars, debt slavery, GMO’s, Big Pharma etc. Take a few minutes of focused intention in meditation, or daydreaming to “see”, visualize or picture the people accountable for crimes against humanity peacefully arrested and held accountable for their inhumanity. Imagine justice being carried out, the perps arrested and humanity set free. Spin your personal magic through the power of intention to bring this cosmic play to a “finale”.

We the people, the 99% can reach millions of unawakened souls by sharing this information. Lets use the power of the pyramid against the cabal to arrest the perps and stop the spread of this manufactured virus being released with the intention of global depopulation.

Heartfelt gratitude for your activism, for caring and sharing…Mahalo

Link to this page: http://wp.me/p17PKt-7Rh

EbolaGate blog: http://exopolitics.blogs.com/ebolagat…

To see the estimated death toll, under current infection rates of Ebola gate by June 2016:

Infected persons: 4,707,573,324 [4.7 Billion]

Dead persons: 2,877,739,573 [2.8 billion] please go to:

Regularly Updated! Deadly Ebola Virus Outbreak – EbolaGate

http://exopolitics.blogs.com/ebolagate/2014/09/regularly-updated-deadly-ebola-virus-outbreak-.html

SHARE this Video: Expose EbolaGate, Arrest the Perps, Stay healthy with Vitamin C: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omChqbRM-fQ

References:

Alfred Webre: Plan A is Martial Law; Plan B is Ebola. Awareness and Critical Mass can deconstruct planned extermination

http://exopolitics.blogs.com/breaking_news/2014/08/alfred-webre-plan-a-is-martial-law-plan-b-is-ebola-awareness-and-critical-mass-can-deconstruct-planned-extermination.html

 

Ebola ZOMBIE HOAX – ABC NEWS Richard Besser is former Director of CDC – BUSTED!

Zen Gardner ~ So Where Are We Now?


by Zen Gardner Oct 11, 2014

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by Zen Gardner

It only gets weirder by the day. As the engineered ebola scare rolls out and ISIS supposedly closes in, the US and NATO are slipping into Syria as if no one is looking. Meanwhile, insane Israel is openly planning another Gaza massacre while the Ukrainian genocide continues.  If that’s not enough, the economy is on the verge of collapsing, our food, air and water continue to be poisoned, our oceans and atmosphere are dying, communities are being fracked, and Fukushima continues to erupt while the massive Yellowstone caldera threatens to.

Talk about engineered overload!

Most people’s heads are spinning wildly and they’re trying to not think about this assault on their minds, hearts and senses. This is just the environment the manipulators want – an overloaded, stunned and compliant populace, ready to be swayed like limp seaweed in the tide of their polluted propaganda.

This is a very important time to be aware consciously and not engage this news and information without remaining as aware and emotionally detached as possible. Keep an eye on things but do not partake of the poison between the lines. It is usually easily identifiable for the awakened but when there’s an avalanche of wave after wave of sensational events and news we can lose perspective and unwittingly fall prey to their toxic designs and intentions.

Ebola Conditioning and the Knee-jerk Effect

Whether ebola is real or not doesn’t really matter. As in all false flags and engineered events, there’s going to be some sort of seemingly credible evidence from which they base their next wave of assault. After that all you need is “reported” cases or “potential” threats. And so it rolls out. The main thing is to not get sucked into the react mode. The media of all types immediately jumped into the reactive cycle when this news first broke, with the intended purpose of shock and fear. We have to shake that mindset rigorously in order to be able to see clearly. It’s just another problem, reaction solution scenario using the programmed “deadly pandemic” excuse.

But just watch what they do. If you thought the bogus shoe and underpants bombers were effective in changing security procedures worldwide, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

Already Connecticut has gone into a civil lockdown without even a single case being reported there. It may appear to be just precautionary measures, but apparently the mental metal of the public has been deemed soft and malleable enough to go ahead and get the ball rolling in the compliant Sandy Hooked state. Now airport workers are striking and leaving their jobs not wanting to sanitize planes or check incoming passengers.

The wheels are in motion.

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Ebola bin Laden

Ebola has been rolled out exactly the same way the previous bogeyman was. Bin Laden was reportedly behind carefully staggered embassy bombings and military attacks throughout the 90’s and conveniently propped up as the boogeyman who would eventually take the fall for the staged 9/11 attacks. The idea has to be planted in minds ahead of time, so measured ebola outbreaks in unconnected parts of Africa have been in the news for decades now and arose at almost the same time and frequency as the reported bin Laden attacks. Images of this deadly dreaded ebola idea were flashed with careful timing, scaring the crap out of people, but kept at a convenient distance while the inoculation of lies took effect conditioning the mental immune system.

Meanwhile, CIA and Zionist controlled Hollywood has been doing the background work reinforcing this meme with movies like Outbreak, I Am Legend and most recently World War Z. All conditioning. And what else has come along in the meantime? The zombie craze, with police actually using this theme for security drills.

Just a coincidence? Never.

Depopulation – It’s Under Our Noses

Almost ironically, and especially in the light of a potential pandemic, many are waiting for some kind of mass extermination event to fulfill the Georgia Guidestones and other elitist declarations to drastically reduce the world’s “cumbersome” population. The fact is it’s already happening, you just don’t see it because it’s on a different long term timeline and mostly being accomplished by carefully planned sterilization. It’s fully under way, slow and sure, right under humanity’s nose. Much of the entertainment, political, corporate and scare industry’s focus is to keep humanity’s minds preoccupied and on the defensive so they won’t see or be able to react to what’s being done to them on a daily basis.

Children and adults are being sterilized by EMFs and vaccines, by GMOs, radiation, adulterated water, foods and pharmaceuticals etc., while the population is quietly being replaced by robotics, to name a few mechanisms at play. This doesn’t even take into account the engineered proliferation of cancer and a host of other diseases promoted by corporate and governmental plans.

They even publicly state they have a target date of 2050 for this overall plan to be fully in place. In 36 years at the rate we’re being poisoned, unless this gets turned around, there won’t be many able to survive, never mind reproduce, pandemic or not. The point is, now is the time to clearly identify what’s actually going on and act accordingly.

I wrote about the nature of their long term plan in The Serpentine Stealth of the Long Range Planners and it’s as true today as ever. People need to wake up in more realistic ways – not just intellectually, but practically, as they continue their fight for truth and awareness. The mesmerization is very deep and delays resultant action and true conscious awareness.

There is no future plan – drastically reducing the world’s population is an ongoing program taking place while the world is deceived, sidetracked and entertained by fabricated illusory animated scripts playing before their eyes.

Ivana NWO

Light at the End of the Tornado

I know this may seem dark, but it’s realistic. The vast majority of Americans and many in the west live on the defensive, reacting to anything issued by the usurping governmental powers that be. Ultimately Truth will win out, but when a tornado, from whatever origin, is bearing down on your home it’s not a time to argue with the source or the reasoning behind it. It’s too late for that. And for America it’s been too late for decades. Not only is the sleeping giant virtually dead, but karma has a way of coming around to collect her bills. Americans have by their silence and energetic and financial support been complicit in the genocide of millions around the globe for decades, as well as the rape of the planet’s resources.

What goes around…

We’ve seen all of their various potential scenarios detailed for years in the alternative media. There’s no doubt about what they are up to, their plans and intentions, and the various methods at play in the ongoing subjugation of humanity. People are waking up rapidly and that’s wonderful, but we’re about to pass through a phase that needs to be addressed rationally and consciously.

Not everyone can move to higher ground or escape the north, I understand that. Just beware the defensive mindset and go about what needs to be done in peace and confidence. It works against you if your preparations and ongoing activities aren’t done fully consciously. But at the same time, to sit and point at an oncoming tornado as if understanding its origins and intricacies will dispel it is utter insanity. It’s time for preemptive action, both in activism and personal preparation.

That’s the loving thing to do for yourself, your loved ones and your planet.

That’s how I see it. The storm clouds and accompanying turbulent winds are here and picking up quickly and it’s not about to get better anytime soon; they have much too much at stake and in motion. They are psychopaths whose bottom line is the famous Samson option – “If we can’t have it, nobody can” – and they’ll gladly bring the house down around everyone’s ears if the situation warrants.

We don’t need to dwell on these ugly realities but to ignore them is tantamount to outright denial. It’s a difficult time and place to be in many ways, but we have chosen to be here and we should handle the challenge courageously. Personally, I wouldn’t have missed being here for these unfolding events for anything!

The awakening has power they know not of and I can hardly wait to see how it manifests, in whatever form! We each just need to do our part, that’s the crux of the matter.

Stay happy and and be well. All is within the Cosmic design. It’s ours to manifest the Divine intention and so bring real “order” out of their corrupt, engineered chaos. All of the wonderful, creative Universe is working with us! Just be prepared for anything, both spiritually and physically.

Much love always, Zen

ZenGardner.com

“TOP 40″ Reasons to Peacefully Overthrow the United States of America Inc.


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$12 Trillion Gone and None Punished

$9 Trillion Missing from Federal Reserve Corporation

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This is a test of the emergency overthrow the Untied States Government System
“TOP 40″ REASONS TO OVERTHROW THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT

1. for torturing and jailing our whistleblowers.

2. for taking away our right to a trial.

3. for taking away all our rights to privacy.

4. for enabling the Federal Reserve *Corporation* to create counterfeit currency from their empty bank account.

5. for lying about the Iraq war where they murdered 1,000,000 people and never found weapons of mass destruction.

6. for lying about the war on terror.  If this were truly a war on terror, they’d be guarding our border with Mexico.

7. for allowing corporations to become people, and for not making them pay income tax like people do.

8. for turning our republic into a corpocracy controlled by corporations who profit from war.

9. for covering up the assassinations of Martin Luther King and John F. Kennedy where right now on the shelves you can choose from over 2,000 books on how The United States Government assassinated John F. Kennedy.

10. for pushing to privatize high speed internet and taking away Net neutrality.

11. for arming the most powerful terrorist group in the world: ISIS who is as we speak burying women alive, kidnapping their young girls for sex slavery,  beheading their little children and now coming to America.

12. for murdering Ambassador Chris Stevenson in Benghazi.  it was not an embassy:  it was a CIA covert operation where Hillary Clinton ran guns from Benghazi through Turkey to arm Syrian rebels also known as Al Qaeda to overthrow the Syrian government.

13. for refusing to allow government employees and men in uniform full knowledge to the truth by limiting their access to the Internet.

14. for starting the war in Ukraine with sniper attacks using the private army Academi aka Xe aka Blackwater.

15. for enabling the CIA to run both political parties.

16. for allowing the rich to rule both political parties.

17. for bailing out the banks and allowing them to foreclose on 20 million homeowners.

18. for jailing people for smoking grass.

19. for forbidding free speech in groups of more than 25 persons without a permit.

20. for taking away most of the land from Native Americans and now the Americans.

21. for attempting to take away our right to bear arms.

22. for lying to the American people about 9/11.  now offering a $1,000,000 reward to anyone who can show 1 picture of the plane that hit the pentagon on 9/11:  not a quick flash of light with no wings, because that would be a missile.

23. for saying they have a right to kill in secrecy before we have a right to the truth.

24. for taking prayer out of schools.

25. for allowing corporations and billionaires to hide $32 trillion in offshore accounts avoiding taxes.

26. for allowing the Internal Revenue Service Corporation to collect debts for the Federal Reserve Corporation who didn’t have a right to create that debt and for covering up for the tax on income which was never ratified:  it was a tax on gain.

27. for funding the slaughter of Palestinians.

28. because 80% of adult Americans are near poverty.

29. because 1/3rd of Americans can longer pay their debts.

30. because 20% of American households can’t find work while jobs continue to be outsourced.

31. because 80% of Americans no longer trust the United States government, this according to a recent PBS poll.

32. for privatizing prisons while creating a police state where even the police complain they’re forced to write tickets or they’ll be fired.

33. because 30% of Americans advocate for the armed overthrow of our United States government while the DC police say they are tired of protecting the corrupt.

34. for creating a surveillance state.

35. for allowing secret courts and secret indictments which John F. Kennedy strongly advocated against.

36. for allowing corporations to rule mass media, waging a war against free press and prosecuting journalists.

37. for poisoning the air that we breathe and the food that we eat

38. while forcing all Americans into Obamacare.

39. for refusing to allow Washington, DC residents a voice; and, in case you’re wondering what “taxation without representation” means on all the license plates in the Nation’s Capital, it’s because the people in this city don’t even get a voice.

and coming in at #1 of the Top 40 list of reasons to overthrow the United States government:

… for starting World War III.

THIS HAS BEEN A TEST OF THE EMERGENCY OVERTHROW THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT SYSTEM
~In the event of an actual overthrow, we’ll be broadcasting live from inside The White House~

Disclaimer

Overthrowing the United States government is legal as long as you don’t advocate violence, so don’t let anyone convince you otherwise.

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive.  Thomas Jefferson

This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.  Abraham Lincoln

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How to Herd Your Tax Cattle ~ Corbett Report


Brilliant parody by James Corbett…thanks for the lead Keri!

“Good morning, Mr. President. I’m a representative of the shadow government that put you into power. Did you ever wonder how we keep people fighting with each other? Or obeying our silly rules? Or actually loving their captors and slavemasters? This morning we’re going to brief you on just that. Are you ready to begin?”

“Please Leave Our Neighborhood”: Rich White Woman Defends Elderly Black Man From Cops


jody westbyLast week, an elderly African-American man was walking through a wealthy neighborhood just outside of Washington D.C when he was confronted by two African-American Washington Metro Police.

Without any reason, the officers stopped the man and began to question him.  The man had allegedly expressed some dissatisfaction with how he was being singled out, and the officers then ordered him to get on the ground.

Jody Westby, a white, female attorney and CEO of a company called Global Cyber Risk LLC, witnessed the altercation while working from her home office.  She immediately ran out to confront the police, and asked her housekeeper to record the developing situation.

Westby quickly ran to the man’s defense, saying that he was a friend and associate of many people in the area.

The police informed Westby that they were responding to a report of burglary, and said that they stopped to question the man to see if he had anything to do with the incident.

Westby did not back down, and demanded that the officers tell her the address of where the report came from.  When they provided her with the address, she informed them that they were blocks away from the alleged crime and weren’t even in the right neighborhood.

She then informed the officers that she is an attorney and that they did not have the right to detain him.  After threatening to report the officers, she picked the man up and carried him away, saying to the them “please leave our neighborhood.”

Westby then said to the officers as they were driving away, “Just because he’s black doesn’t mean he’s here to rob a house. He works for us. He’s been in this neighborhood for 30 years.”

Westby later said that “You got a white woman and a Hispanic woman standing up for a black man against two black cops…It was shameful how they behaved. And if it were Columbia Heights, or some other neighborhood, it’d probably just be worse. It was very interesting, in the sense of getting a picture of how black cops treat black people…And how humiliating that was for him. And how they were treating him just like a dog.”

This incident shows how important it is for people to stick up for one another and start recording and asking questions when someone is being hassled by a police officer.  If there was just one person like Jody Westby on every street, this world would be a much safer place.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/posttv/c/embed/f3704e36-4e4c-11e4-877c-335b53ffe736


John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work he is also the owner of a successful music promotion company. In 2013, he became one of the organizers of the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” at bookpatch.com.

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/please-leave-neighborhood-woman-defends-elderly-man-cops/#HEZJxw0cFUpbUjRq.99

Dr. Udo Ulfkotte, German journalist speaks out “Bought Journalism: How Politicians, Intelligence and High Finance Control Mass Media” . RT (Video)


From RT News, Sept 29, 2014  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yp-Wh77wt1o&feature=youtu.be

What happens when the police disappear in Acapulco? Anarchopulco! YES!


My only question to this startling and wondrous series of events, is what would happen if the military went on strike next?

What Happens When All the Police in a Town are Removed

October 1, 2014

by Jeff Berwick

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It all started over a month ago, right here in Acapulco, Mexico, when I commented to a good friend,”Have you noticed how much better traffic has been lately?”

He responded, “Yes, traffic flow has been so much better… it’s because the Transit Police went on strike.”.

It turned out that was the case.  The Transit Police in Acapulco had went on strike and all of a sudden many local residents were noticing how much better traffic, which can get to gridlock levels during peak holiday periods, had become.

Weeks went on and you could tell that almost everybody had become aware of the lack of transit police and no one was adhering to red lights if there wasn’t any oncoming traffic.  The majority of people began treating red lights like a “yield” sign.  They’d slow down, check that no cars were coming, and if there weren’t, they’d just roll through the red light instead of sitting there for a minute or two, as traffic backed up behind them.

But, it got even better.  The municipal police also then went on strike… and no one noticed.

I mentioned to my friend how much everything has been so much better in Acapulco for the last few months and said people just seem happier and I assumed it was just because traffic was flowing so much better.  He then said, “Actually, the municipal police are on strike now too… so people are probably just a lot happier in general because there isn’t really anyone around to bother them.”

And then it got even better, this week, when the Mexican military decided to take away all the guns from the municipal police – who are still on strike!

Now, the transit and municipal police, faced with a very happy public and having been disarmed are protesting for the government to let them come back to “work”!  The public in general is apathetic to it all with the vast majority of people not caring too much if they ever come back to work or not!

Has there been any noticable increase of violent crime in the meantime?  No, not at all.  While the main tourist areas of Acapulco are almost always completely peaceful there has been no change that I can see on the street other than people seem a bit happier than usual.

ANARCHAPULCO

This is just one of many reasons why I love Acapulco.  Even when the police are working most of them are playing cards or drinking beer.  The transit police do try to extort people for money from time to time (usually around $10) if they catch them breaking some arbitrary law like going through a red light but even that is quite rare.  People here just don’t put up with the police and certainly don’t expect them to protect them.  People down in southern Mexico protect themselves.

And, even in the rare case that a certain band of young criminals have been terrorizing a neighborhood and stealing from stores it is almost always the cartels who come in to find the perpetrators… even sometimes setting up a checkpoint in the area when on the look-out for someone who has been causing problems in the community.  And when the cartels find the abuser justice is usually swift… that person is never seen again.

It’s almost anarchy and that’s why I spend so much time here.  It is by far the most anarchic big city in North America and life is so enjoyable.  There are no closing times for bars and restaurants, no legislated and enforced laws on smoking or drinking, no speed limits that are enforced… and currently nothing is enforced and the city is tranquil and eminently enjoyable.

For this reason we’ll soon be officially announcing Anarchapulco.  It will be a freedom conference and festival held right on the beach.  We’ve already opened up early bird pre-registrations and the amount of interest has been incredible.  You can check out the site at Anarchapulco.com to see just a small part of what we’ve already got lined up.  And, we’ll be announcing new speakers and artists nearly weekly (sign up to receive updates at Anarchapulco.com or like theAnarchapulco Facebook page to be kept up to date).

Who knows, perhaps by February 27th, when the conference begins, there will still be no traffic or municipal police and you’ll get an opportunity to see what a town without government police looks like and how it functions.

Here’s a hint: It’s eminently better!

Join the discussion at TDV!

picAnarcho-Capitalist.  Libertarian.  Freedom fighter against mankind’s two biggest enemies, the State and the Central Banks.  Jeff Berwick is the founder of The Dollar Vigilante, CEO of TDV Media & Services and host of the popular video podcast, Anarchast.  Jeff is a prominent speaker at many of the world’s freedom, investment and gold conferences as well as regularly in the media including CNBC, CNN and Fox Business.http://exopermaculture.com/2014/10/03/what-happens-when-the-police-disappear-in-acapulco-anarchopulco-yes/

 

 

Police seize 190 pounds of illegally harvested ginseng


Unbelievable…is crime so low in West Virgina that cops have nothing better to do than bust people for harvesting ginseng? I think not.

This isn’t about illegally harvesting ginseng, it’s about money and keeping us in debt slavery. Period. I’m curious what the illegal drugs consisted of – personal marijuana stash? Couple tablets of Viagra? No details listed below, if it were anything significant related to trafficking that would boast about that too….yes, the U.S. has become a police state, no doubt about it. Solutions are out there, it’s a matter of the One People, the 99% standing in their sovereign power and reclaiming control.  Have a blessed day…Annette
Posted: Sep 18, 2014 1:34 AM PST
By Kayla Lambert
Illegal ginseng bust

BECKLEY (AP) — West Virginia natural resources police say they have made 11 arrests and seized 190 pounds of dry ginseng that was illegally harvested.

The West Virginia Department of Natural Resources estimates the market value of the native herb at $180,000.

The department said Wednesday the arrests followed a year-long investigation in southern West Virginia. Besides the ginseng, they said they also seized stolen guns, illegal drugs and $30,000 in cash.

West Virginia has a ginseng digging season. It begins Sept. 1 and runs through Nov. 30.

The department says the seized ginseng was harvested before the digging season began.

Ginseng long has been coveted in many Asian cultures because the plant’s gnarly, multipronged root is believed to have medicinal properties.

Natural resources officials say demand has spurred illegal harvesting.

http://www.wvva.com/story/26563681/2014/09/18/police-seize-190-pounds-of-illegally-harvested-ginseng

School district police stock up free military gear


In this July 16, 2014 file photo, a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle sits in front of police headquarters in Watertown, Conn.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — School police departments across the country have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine resistant armored vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles.

At least 26 school districts have participated in the Pentagon‘s surplus program, which is not new but has come under scrutiny after police responded to protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, last month with tear gas, armored military trucks and riot gear.

Now, amid that increased criticism, several school districts say they’ll give some of the equipment back, while others plan to keep the rifles they received. Nearly two dozen education and civil liberties groups sent a letter earlier this week to the Pentagon and the Justice and Education departments urging a stop to transfers of military weapons to school police.

The Los Angeles Unified School District — the nation’s second largest school district covering 710 square miles and enrolling more than 900,000 students — said it would remove three grenade launchers it had acquired because they “are not essential life-saving items within the scope, duties and mission” of the district’s police force.

But the district plans to keep the 60 M16s and a military vehicle — known as an MRAP — used in Iraq and Afghanistan that was built to withstand mine blasts.

District police Chief Steve Zipperman told The Associated Press that the M16s are used for training, and the MRAP, which is parked off campus, was acquired because the district could not afford to buy armored vehicles that might be used to protect officers and help students in a school shooting.

“That vehicle is used in very extraordinary circumstances involving a life-saving situation for an armed threat,” Zipperman said. “Quite frankly I hope we never have to deploy it.”

Law enforcement agencies around the country equipped themselves during learner budget years by turning to the Pentagon program, which the Defense Department has used to get rid of gear it no longer needs. Since the Columbine school shooting in 1999, school districts increasingly participated.

Federal records show schools in Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Michigan, Nevada, Texas and Utah obtained surplus military gear. At least six California districts have received equipment, state records show.

U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said while there’s a role for surplus equipment going to local police departments, “it’s difficult to see what scenario would require a grenade launcher or a mine resistant vehicle for a school police department.”

In Texas, Tina Veal-Gooch, executive director of public relations at Texarkana ISD, said the 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, led the district to acquire assault rifles. The district has no plans to return the weapons.

In Florida, Rick Stelljes, the chief of Pinellas County schools police, said Wednesday that the county has 28 semi-automatic M16 rifles. They have never been used, and he hopes they are never needed.

But, he said, they are “something we need given the current situation we face in our nation. This is about preparing for the worst-case scenario.”

School officials in Utah’s Granite School District and Nevada’s Washoe County School District, encompassing Reno, also said they don’t have any immediate plans to give back the M16s they received.

San Diego Unified School District is painting its MRAP white and hoping to use the Red Cross symbol on it to assuage community worries, said Ursula Kroemer, a district spokeswoman. The MRAP has been stripped of weapon mounts and turrets and will be outfitted with medical supplies and teddy bears for use in emergencies to evacuate students and staff, she said.

Jill Poe, police chief in the Southern California’s Baldwin Park school district, said she’ll be returning the three M16 rifles acquired under her predecessor.

“Honestly, I could not tell you why we acquired those,” Poe said. “They have never been used in the field and they will never been used in the field.”

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Associated Press writers Juan Carlos Llorca in El Paso, Texas; Scott Sonner in Reno, Nevada; Brady McCombs in Salt Lake City; and Marina Hutchinson in Atlanta contributed to this report.

http://news.msn.com/us/school-district-police-stock-up-free-military-gear#tscptmf

Google Maps Has Been Tracking Your Every Move, And There’s A Website To Prove It


 

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    Remember that scene in Minority Report, where Tom Cruise is on the run from the law, but is unable to avoid detection because everywhere he goes there are constant retina scans feeding his location back to a central database? That’s tomorrow. Today, Google is tracking wherever your smartphone goes, and putting a neat red dot on a map to mark the occasion.

    You can find that map here. All you need to do is log in with the same account you use on your phone, and the record of everywhere you’ve been for the last day to month will erupt across your screen like chicken pox.

    We all know that no matter what ‘privacy’ settings you may try and implement, our information is all being collected and stored somewhere. That knowledge sits in the back of our minds, and is easy to drown out by shoving in some headphones and watching Adventure Time on repeat until everything stops being 1984. But it’s a sharp jolt back to reality when you see a two dimensional image marking your daily commute with occasional detours to the cinema or a friend’s house.

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    Looking at mine, I realised that a) I live my life in a very small radius, and b) there are places on my map that I don’t remember going. One of them I’ve apparently visited three times on different days. Once whilst “Biking” and twice while “Stationary”. All at times I wouldn’t usually be awake. I’m not sure what’s happening on Wood Street in North Melbourne, or why my phone apparently travels there without me, but I’m not going to rule out secret alien conspiracies.

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    This never happened. UNLESS IT DID.

    Apparently this record only happens if you have ‘location services’ switched on in your phone; if you do and you’re finding you have no data, then it means that either you don’t exist or you’ve beaten the system. If it’s the latter, please teach me your ways; I know for a fact that I switched my phone’s location detection off, but apparently it somehow got switched back on.

    Oh well. Perhaps this month I’ll take some inspiration from the runner who used Nike+ to draw this – except this time when the dots are joined, they’ll just form a huge, unblinking eye. With occasional side trips to Wood Street.

    Get creeped out by logging in here.

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    But! Before you worry too much, we can tell you this: There is a way to disable it now and even erase your past history map. So all is not lost. We are all about solutions here at natural cures, we weren’t about to let you walk away upset without a solution! Nope. That’s why we found you this:

    To see if you have location history enabled, head to the Google Maps Location history page. Click the gear-icon button to access History settings. Here, you can choose to disable or enable the service.

    Disabling location history, however, does not remove your past history. If you’d like to erase the locations Google has stored for the past 30 days, head back to the Location history page. The default time period shows location history for the current day, so you may not see any plots on the map.

    Use the pull-down menu below the calendar on the left to show your history, up to 30 days. If you choose a time period in which Google has tracked your location, you’ll see the points where you’ve been on the map. And below the calendar, you’ll see options to delete your history from the time period you have chosen or to delete all history.

    We urge you to share this information with people you care about.

    http://www.naturalcuresnotmedicine.com/google-maps-tracking-every-move-theres-website-prove/

The Shocking Militarization of America’s Police Finally Catches the Interest of the US Senate


The military pipeline to thousands of police departments keeps growing.
.The federal bureaucratic pipeline that has pumped billions in surplus military weapons and battle gear into thousands of police departments across America does not train cops to use them, does not track when the weaponry is used and does not screen police for history of civil rights abuses. It also does not want to decide whether it is even appropriate to be sending local police weapons as esoteric as rifle bayonettes and combat knives.

These were just some takeaways from a lengthy hearing in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday, where top officials from the Pentagon, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Justice described programs that funneled upwards of $50 billion in gear and grants in recent years to local police. The hearing is expected to prompt a major revamping of these programs, as almost every senator who spoke up, both Democrat and Republican, slammed militarized policing.

“How do they decide that an MRAP [mine-resistant ambush protected armored truck] is appropriate for my hometown of 35,000 people,” Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, asked Alan Estevez, an under-secretary of defense overseeing the Pentagon’s giveaways, who replied that governors’ offices file the requests to get the free equipment. “But how do you decide that an MRAP is an appropriate vehicle for local police forces?” Coburn said, pressing on. “An MRAP is a truck, senator,” Estevez replied, at which point Coburn abruptly cut him off. “No, it’s not a truck. It’s a 48,000-pound offensive weapon.”

That exchange was not unique. Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, a former prosecutor, said she wasn’t buying the explanation given by St. Louis-area police for driving an armored truck into the protests in Ferguson, where a police sniper then aimed a laser-guided scope mounted atop an assault rifle at the crowd.

“Is there somewhere in the training where that’s appropriate,” she asked Mark Lomax, National Tactical Officers Association executive director. Lomax ducked the question, saying he would let the FBI investigation of what happened in Ferguson answer what was appropriate. McCaskill chairs the panel’s Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight.

“Believe it or not, I was told that the reason that happened was that he was using his scope in order to observe the crowd. Well, have they heard of binoculars?” an indignant McCaskill told other senators. “It seems to me there is a better way to monitor a crowd that is peacefully protesting than pointing mounted sniper weapons at them… It seems common sense would tell you that’s going to make the situation much worse.”

The senators also heard from police lobbyists, who emphasized that most of the gear they get from the military is office equipment—although by the hearing’s end they conceded that new accountability and training for donated weaponry was overdue. The panel also heard from academics and civil rights leaders who said that American policing has been increasingly militarized since the 1980s war on drugs, which has led police to cultivate a mindset of preparing for battle instead of less confrontational community policing.

“What we saw played out in the Ferguson protests was the application of a very common mindset, style of uniform, appearance and weaponry, used every day in the homes of private residences during SWAT raids,” said Peter B. Kraska, professor, School of Justice Studies, University of Eastern Kentucky. He added these raids are now routine—60,000 a year, compared to 3,000 a year before the war on drugs. “This has devolved now into what I’m talking about—widespread misapplication of the paramilitary model. Misapplication, unjustified growth in many, many, many small police departments.”

Kraska said that the heavy-handed police response in Ferguson was predictable, given not just the gear, but the “warrior” mindset and way local police are widely trained.

“What you saw was a high level of fear of victimization among the police,” he said. “It’s a huge cultural issue right now in policing, where so many for-profit training groups and training academies are teaching this survivalist, warrior mentality. You never know if the next person is gonna kill you. You have to go home at night. So you take every possible precaution… It does lead to an intense fear of the ‘other,’ of ‘those people,’ of the community that you are serving.”

The senators heard eyewitness accounts of how the overly militarized police response to protesters in Ferguson made tensions worse.

“The distance between the police and protesters was probably 100 feet,” said Wiley Price, a photographer with the St. Louis American newspaper, who said he was pushed around by police. “Even when the police were shouting orders to us, like in that photo [the MRAP sniper], you can clearly hear whatever the police was saying… The police aggravated peaceful marchers, when they were just standing there chanting. Instead of just letting them chant, they moved them around, which irritated them.”

The Bureaucratic Pipeline

Tuesday’s hearing was the Senate’s first look into the federal government’s programs that transfer surplus military supplies and weapons for free to police. The White House is reviewing these programs at the same time the Justice Department has launched a civil rights investigation into the killing of Michael Brown by a Ferguson officer.

“I think most Americans were uncomfortable watching a suburban street in St. Louis being transformed with vivid images into a war zone, complete with camouflage, tear gas, rubber bullets, armored vehicles, and laser sights on assault weapons,” McCaskill said, in her opening remarks. “While this hearing may reveal many strong arguments why some of this equipment may be helpful for the safety of police officers in certain situations, I am confident that militarized policing tactics are not consistent with the peaceful exercise of First Amendment rights of free speech and free assembly… Those lawful peaceful protesters did not deserve to be treated like enemy combatants.”

But as the hearing unfolded, what emerged was a mutually benefical dynamic between federal agencies—at the Pentagon, Homeland Security and Justice Department—in which local police forces essentially help the Pentagon clear out its proverbial closet of supplies and weapons that were bought by taxpayers for overseas wars and barely used.

In the past three years, the Pentagon has given 624 MRAPs to state and local law enforcement agencies with little regard for need or size of the department, McCaskill said. At least 13 local police agencies with fewer than 10 full-time officers received one MRAP, she said, saying that local police departments in Texas were given 73 MRAPs, while the Texas National Guard only received six vehicles. Florida local police departments have received 45, she said, while its National Guard got none.

Roughly one-third of the Pentagon weaponry transferred to local police was unused or almost new, McCaskill said, which raised questions about why the military is buying supplies it is almost immediately giving away. If the gear wasn’t provided free, then grants from the Homeland Security and Justice Departments helped to pay for it.

Estevez, the Pentagon’s Principal Deputy Under-Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, told the senators the giveaway program was designed for “good stewardship.” He said more than 8,000 of the country’s 17,000 local police agencies participate in the program, which has provided more than $5.1 billion “in property” since 1997. Governors’ offices make the requests, Estevez said, adding, “The Department of Defense does not have the expertise in police force functions and cannot assess how equipment is used in the possession of local law enforcement agencies.”

That last statement—that the Pentagon does not track how its equipment is used—was echoed by Estevez’s colleagues at Homeland Security and Justice Departments, who, he told the senator, he had never met before Tuesday’s hearing.

In the past 12 months, of the 1.9 million pieces of equipment given away, 78,000 were military-grade arms or “controlled property,” Estevez said. “Law enforcement agencies currently possess 460,000 pieces of controlled property that they have received over time.” Examples of controlled property include over 92,000 small arms, 44,000 night-vision devices, 5,200 high-mobility multi-purpose vehicles or Humvees, and 617 mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles, or MRAPS. The Department does not provide tanks, grenade launchers, sniper rifles, current service weapons or uniforms, he said. (His numbers slightly differed from figures cited by McCaskill.)

Estevez said much of this former military gear has been used in emergencies, such as during major storms and floods. He said MRAPs have been used to protect police in shootouts with gangs and kidnappings. Brian E. Kamoie, assistant administrator for grant programs at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security, repeatedly said that local police in Boston used helicopter-mounted scopes to track down one of the Boston Marathon bombers.

However, many of the senators weren’t buying these explanations. Coburn said the Boston bomber claim was ridiculous, because a homeowner called 911 after he saw blood on his boat in his backyard. None of the ex-military equipment has ever been used to stop a domestic terrorist attack, he said. Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin asked the Justice Department, which described better internal tracking than the Pentagon, if it checked whether police departments sued for civil rights abuses were receiving military equipment. Karol Mason, the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs, said no, but, “of course, it could be.”

Baldwin also asked what training was provided for police who get military weaponry.

“These pieces of equipment are not traditional police equipment and may be very unfamilar to many police officers and sheriff’s deputies in communities across this country,” she said to Estevez. “Can you tell me if the DLA [Pentagon] review or the original application process makes any inquiry at all as to whether the agency has the appropriate training, or access to the appropriate training, to use and maintain this equipment? Or if, after the fact, if the equipment is being properly used?”

“The DLA—the Defense Logistics Agency—which facilitates the program doesn’t have that capability,” he said. “Neither does the Department of Defense as a whole. We can’t manage local police forces. Even equipment that we are trained to use is for combat operations, not for local policing operations… The state coordinator certifies that a local police force that’s going to receive an item has the ability themselves to use it.”

These answers prompted the senators to ask police lobbyists how they thought local departments would react if they faced new regulations about getting and using surplus military weapons, from training to possibly managing them on a regional and shared basis. Those lobbyists, seeing the likelihood that the Senate would try to reform the giveaway programs, predicted that police would not object—especially should training dollars come with the giveaways.

But Kraska, the political scientist who has studied police militarization for decades, told the senators that there were deeper obstacles, such as the culture in policing that values weaponry and security above community policing and humanitarian service. He gave the example of the police response after Hurricane Katrina, where many law enforcement agencies spent four days securing the region instead of delivering needed aid.

“These examples are emblematic of a historic, but up until recently, little publicly noted shift in American democratic governance,” he said. “The research I have been conducting since 1989 has documented qualitatively and quantitatively, the steady and certain march of U.S. civilian policing down the militarization continuum—culturely, materially, operationally and organizationally—despite a massive effort at democratizing police under the guise of community policing reforms. The growth in militarized policing has been steep and deep.”

Steven Rosenfeld covers national political issues for AlterNet, including America’s retirement crisis, the low-wage economy, democracy and voting rights, and campaigns and elections. He is the author of “Count My Vote: A Citizen’s Guide to Voting” (AlterNet Books, 2008).

http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/shocking-militarization-americas-police-finally-catches-interest-us-senate?page=0%2C1&paging=off&current_page=1#bookmark

Why Demilitarizing Police won’t Solve the Problem


Carey Wedler (The Anti-Media)
September 8, 2014

After years of the federal government funneling millions of dollars into militarizing local American police forces, that same federal government is eager for justice over the grotesque shows of force and brutality in Ferguson, Missouri this past August. It is so disturbed, in fact, that members of President Obama’s cabinet and of Congress are pursuing a policy of de-militarization. Image credit: wikipedia.org

Obama himself, an active proponent of militarization, tepidly stated:

SWAT_team_(4131372991)“I think it’s probably useful for us to review how the funding has gone, how local law enforcement has used grant dollars, to make sure that what they are purchasing is stuff they actually need. Because there’s a big difference between our military and local law enforcement and we don’t want those lines blurred. That would be contrary to our traditions.”

Attorney General Eric Holder has said he is “deeply concerned” and last Thursday, launched a civil rights investigation into the events that took place in Ferguson. While these well-calculated words and actions indicate a step in the right direction, the ineptitude of government to regulate itself, the lack of consistent public scrutiny, and the glorification of violence in American society prevent a policy of de-militarization from creating a lasting solution to increasing waves of police violence and abuse.

The state is increasingly tasked with solving problemsoften ones it created or enabled. The Federal Reserve Act of 1913 helped cause the Great Depression and for a century, this pillar of economic policy has widened the gap between rich and poor. When the economy collapsed in 2008 and the federal government took action, it did so by further strengthening the power of the banking elite with bailouts. After decades of “spreading democracy” by dropping bombs and toppling multiple democratically-elected leaders, the federal government continued to deal with the disdain it sowed by starting new wars and continuing foreign meddling in the 21st century. This perpetual policy has most recently reared its head in the form of the Islamic State.

Though the federal government was praised for ushering in an era of civil rights to combat racism in the 1950s and 1960s, it went on to institute prejudiced policies such as racially-motivated gun control following urban race riots in response to police brutality and institutionalized racism. Shortly after, the infamous and racist Drug War  commenced and continues today. When the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act was passed by Congress and met with public outrage over the government and president’s assertion that they could indefinitely detain American citizens, members of Congress seized the opportunity to “fix” the bill, only to use language that deceptively still allowed domestic use of the military.

This pattern of the state’s failed self-regulation holds true with the case of police brutality and militarization. When politicians and government bureaucracies who armed police in the first place are entrusted to rein them in, it is naive to assume their talking points and claims of concern will enact tangible change. Even if those intentions are genuine, the nature of bureaucracy and the drive of powerful agencies like the Department of Homeland Security, the Pentagon, and the Department of Defense make it difficult to effect real change in a timely or efficient fashion.

Any justice that the government may serve must be subject to never-ending oversight lest that policy be manipulated, overwritten or abused. In a “democracy” or “republic,” participation is required in order to keep the state in line. This was a basic principle in America as its founders understood the corruption and deceit inherent to authority and power. But in the early 20th century, Americans became simultaneously more dependent on government and increasingly apathetic towards its actions. Whether out of ignorance, fear, cynicism or blind trust, Americans are painfully disengaged. A majority of the population disapproves of Congress and the president and while most citizens are often bothered enough to demand tangible reform or to vote, they are not motivated enough to actively follow through and ensure that they the change they desire actually materializes.

While politicians may currently be spouting talking points about the perils of police militarization and take action to stop it, it is the nature of authority to shift back to its misdeeds when the public stops paying attention. Between this tendency toward corruption and American apathy, a perfect storm of perpetual police abuse will continue. However, while the tendency toward misconduct and the public’s acceptance of it is detrimental, the public’s endorsement and eagerness for violence solidifies the ultimate futility of even a policy as vital as police demilitarization.

When everything the state does is predicated on the threat of force to get its waywhether for taxation, healthcare, or war, it follows that violence will be employed. The aggression demonstrated by the United States military and eagerly consumed by Americans as “keeping us safe” and “spreading democracy” reflects at home. In a society where violence committed by government agents is glorified but condemned when committed by others, it should be no surprise that government violence runs rampant and authority is abused. When the American military is the (corrupt, violent, inhumane) policeman of the world, the policemen of America inevitably act like the militaryarmed with their weapons or not. Without vigilance over the crimes and misdeeds abroad of a government that claims to represent the people, this kind of destructive “representation” will continue within America’s borders. Without a rejection of violence as a means for progress, little progress will be made.

While police de-militarization is an absolutely necessary step in the right direction, history shows that long before police were militarized, they were harassing innocent and non-violent citizens based on their own prejudices and lusts for power. These aren’t just qualities of a heavily armed police statethough affairs have certainly worsened since this trend began. Removing the armored vehicles and military weapons will help decrease the shock and shame of overly armed police, but the fact remains that violence begets violence and the state is inherently impotent to regulate itself. Change can only come when Americanscurrently jaded by and disenchanted with political engagementstop tolerating authority through force and develop a more skeptical attitude toward government while actively holding it accountable.

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At least 17 phony cellphone towers being used to intercept calls in the U.S.


Big Brother is watching. Or, more precisely, listening.

According to a recent report, there are at least 17 mysterious, phony cellphone towers in the United States that appear in every way to be ordinary towers, but have been set up to maliciously eavesdrop on conversations or texts or even push spyware onto a device.

The worst part is that no one knows who erected these towers or what information is being gathered.

“What we find suspicious is that a lot of these interceptors are right on top of U.S. military bases,” Les Goldsmith, the CEO of ESD America told Popular Science. “So we begin to wonder – are some of them U.S. government interceptors?  Or are some of them Chinese interceptors?

To be clear, these ‘towers’ are not necessarily the tall, physical spires we’re accustomed to seeing along highways or atop hills. These interceptors can be small, mobile installations that transport easily and can be purchased for as little as $100,000.

“Interceptor use in the U.S. is much higher than people had anticipated,” Goldsmith said. “One of our customers took a road trip from Florida to North Carolina and he found eight different interceptors on that trip. We even found one at South Point Casino in Las Vegas.”

Only users of ultra-secure phones, like Goldsmith’s CryptoPhone 500, can detect interceptors and block content from them. The CryptoPhone 500 looks like an ordinary Galaxy S III but features high-powered encryption and removes most vulnerabilities present in stock phones.

Interceptors are radio-equipped computers that use simple cellular network protocols to get past the operating system’s encryption. This allows users to access calls and texts coming from or going to the average cellphone, regardless of operating system.

“If you’ve been intercepted, in some cases it might show at the top that you’ve been forced from 4G down to 2G. But a decent interceptor won’t show that,” Goldsmith said. “It’ll be set up to show you [falsely] that you’re still on 4G. You’ll think that you’re on 4G, but you’re actually being forced back to 2G.”

However, Goldsmith says most consumers – at least those not of interest to government agencies or who seldom leave the country – likely have nothing of interest for interceptors. He says the majority of his company’s business is to executives who do business in Asia.

(Photo courtesy Getty Images)

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How the Defense Industry Convinced Congress to Militarize Local Cops


| Mon Aug. 18, 2014
Police drift through a cloud of smoke on August 13 in Ferguson, Missouri

The Ferguson, Missouri, police department’s display of armored cars, officers in riot gear, and assault rifles over the past week shocked Americans who didn’t realize how much military equipment is now available to local police departments. But since the 1990’s, more than 8,000 federal, state, tribal, and local police agencies across the country have armed themselves with the military’s excess gear, free of charge. The inventory includes everything from office furniture and first aid kits to aircraft, armored cars, rifles and bayonets, according to the Defense Logistics Agency, the Department of Defense office that manages the transactions under an initiative called Program 1033.

In June, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) introduced an amendment to de-fund aspects of the program. Grayson’s bill would have exempted certain military equipment, including planes and armored cars, from Program 1033. That effort failed; just 62 members of the House of Representatives voted for the measure, with 355 voting no. Maybe the outcome shouldn’t have been a surprise: According to a new analysis of campaign finance data, the politicians who voted against Grayson’s bill received, on average, 73 percent more campaign donations from defense industry sources from 2011 through 2013 than their peers who voted for it.

The analysis—conducted by the Berkeley-based research group MapLight using data provided by the Center for Responsive Politics—also found that of 59 representatives who received more than $100,000 from the defense industry from 2011 through 2013, all but four voted against the amendment.

Correction: The original version of this story said that three representatives who received more than $100,000 from the defense industry voted against the amendment. Four representatives in this category voted against it.

http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/08/how-defense-industry-made-room-militarized-police-today

Incredibly Powerful Photo of Black Students at Howard University


Political MoJo

 

| Wed Aug. 13, 2014

Check out this amazing photo taken earlier today at Howard University, the historically black college in Washington, D.C. Twitter user @The_Blackness48 posted it, explaining that it wasn’t so much a planned rally as a bunch of students already gathered for a meeting on freshman move-in “and we also felt we needed to respond to the Mike Brown issue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s another powerfully sad image from earlier today, this one from Ferguson. Hope these kids grow up in a safer world.

 
 

State Passes Law to Legalize Shooting Police


gun-doorFinally some rational legislation is passed concerning ‘public servants’ unlawfully entering another person’s property.

All too often, we see examples of cops breaking into the wrong house and shooting the family dog, or worse, killing a member of the family.

Well, Indiana has taken action to “recognize the unique character of a citizen’s home and to ensure that a citizen feels secure in his or her own home against unlawful intrusion by another individual or a public servant.”

This special amendment is no revolutionary new thought, only common sense.

Self-defense is a natural right; when laws are in place that protect incompetent police by removing one’s ability to protect one’s self, simply because the aggressor has a badge and a uniform, this is a human rights violation. Indiana is leading the way by recognizing this right and creating legislation to protect it.

Of course cops have already begun to fear monger the passage of this bill, “If I pull over a car and I walk up to it and the guy shoots me, he’s going to say, ‘Well, he was trying to illegally enter my property,’ ” said Joseph Hubbard, 40, president of Jeffersonville Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 100. “Somebody is going get away with killing a cop because of this law.”

Instead of looking at the beneficial aspect of this law, which creates the incentive for police to act responsibly and just, Hubbard takes the ‘higher than thou’ attitude and is simply worried about himself.

How about questioning the immoral laws that you are enforcing in the first place? Or how about sympathizing with the innocent people whose pets and family members have been slain, due to police negligence?

Who’s to say that a cop pulling you over to extort money from you for the victimless crime of not wearing a seatbelt, isn’t an unlawful act? Or how about breaking down your door in the middle of the night to kidnap you and throw you in a cage for possessing a plant?

Hopefully this legislation will lead to these arbitrary traffic and drug enforcement “laws” in place solely for revenue collection (aka theft), being brought into question.

The law states:

(i) A person is justified in using reasonable force against a public servant if the person reasonably believes the force is necessary to:
(1) protect the person or a third person from what the person reasonably believes to be the imminent use of unlawful force;
(2) prevent or terminate the public servant’s unlawful entry of or attack on the person’s dwelling, curtilage, or occupied motor vehicle; or
(3) prevent or terminate the public servant’s unlawful trespass on or criminal interference with property lawfully in the person’s possession, lawfully in possession of a member of the person’s immediate family, or belonging to a person whose property the person has authority to protect.

It is through legislation such as this, which will empower people again and aid in bringing down these tyrants from their pedestals, who are given free rein to murder and pillage without consequence.

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/state-passes-law-legalize-self-defense-police/#1VEFhtDq5QTUYMuG.99

The Walls Are Crumbling Down Around the “Official 9/11 Story” – Why?


VIDEO: Justice for 9-11!

An absolutely monumental shift is in process that most have not recognized yet. The truth, or at least some truth, is about to be shown to the American masses about 9/11. I say American masses because everywhere I’ve gone in the world outside of the US, with few exceptions, almost everyone knows that the US government conspiracy theory on 9/11 is for people with tinfoil hats that are either completely zombified or are under mass hypnosis. Most of the rest of the world looks on the US like “The Truman Show” and can’t believe how many people in the show don’t realize it’s not real.

Before we delve into what is about to happen let’s just take one last look at the official conspiracy theory of 9/11 by one of the great freedom-minded investigative journalists on the planet, James Corbett … because this theory is about to evaporate in front of our very eyes:

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It’s hard to believe but there are still millions of people in the US who believe that is what happened!

Two Major Events in Progress

The first event is a 40-minute broadcast that went out on C-SPAN on August 1st with Richard Gage, founder of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth. This is an absolute must-see interview for the reasons I will explain.

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C-SPAN is operated by the National Cable Satellite Corporation, the board of directors of which consists primarily of representatives of the largest cable companies. While you can’t call it “mainstream media” per se, it is available in 100 million households in the US and therefore this is significant.

For 40 minutes the truth about 9/11 was represented as not being crazy… instead, it was the exact opposite. It was positioned as highly credible and six of the seven callers thanked both C-SPAN and Richard Gage for finally bringing countless issues with 9/11 forward to the large segment of the US populace, which still thinks something isn’t real unless it is on their television programming.

This is the first time 9/11 has been presented in this way on a US-based network with a significant reach. The only other time the truth about 9/11 has been presented on TV in the US in this light was by RT (formerly known as Russia Today), which is a Russian government propaganda channel (which mostly distributes the truth about the US but in a pro-Russian light) that is beamed into 644 million homes worldwide and about 85 million homes in the US when they broadcast the truth about 9/11 on September 8, 2013.

Getting back to the C-SPAN broadcast, on its own it might not be incredibly significant but when put into context of other events there is clearly something going on … and we will discuss what may be going on below.

At the same time as this very blunt, pro-truth 9/11 broadcast aired in the US, on the very same day, in fact, news broke that a “Former Senator Says Huge Breakthrough Is Coming With Classified 9/11 Information.”

Former Senator Bob Graham (D-Fla.), who co-chaired a congressional inquiry into 9/11 — separate from the 9/11 Commission — stated, as though now it was obvious, “None of the people leading this investigation think it is credible that 19 people — most who could not speak English and did not have previous experience in the United States — could carry out such a complicated task without external assistance.”

Now, Graham says, a breakthrough may finally be around the corner with the upcoming declassification of 28 pages of the “Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001.”

Remember, as well, that Vladimir Putin threatened in May of this year that he had evidence that 9/11 was an “inside job” and was going to release it after NATO and the US government staged a coup and false-flag attack in the Ukraine.

This struggle continues on to this day with what appears to be another false-flag attack by NATO and the US government in concert with their puppet regime in the Ukraine to down a Malaysian airliner and blame it on Russia (as evidenced here “Evidence Is Now Conclusive: Two Ukrainian Government Fighter-Jets Shot Down Malaysian Airlines MH17“).

So, what is really going on and why does there appear to be a sudden opening of the American public’s eyes to some new information on 9/11?

Theories

Of course, with this many things going on, so many covert operations, so much propaganda and misinformation and so many actors involved it is hard to say. But something definitely is going on.

These are the three theories that we consider the main possibilities with the most likely being the final one.

But, to start, here is the most optimistic.

The Most Optimistic Theory

I have stated since the advent of the Internet, circa 1993, that this would result in the end of all major wars on Earth. It took twenty years to begin to come into fruition – but, of course, most people really did not start utilizing the full modern capabilities of the Internet until the mid-2000s – but it is finally beginning.

As Arthur Ponsonby wrote in 1928, “When war is declared, truth is the first casualty.” But with the Internet the truth is not so easy to hide. With the global human populace becoming aware and having access to all human knowledge at their fingertips, John Kerry summed up the result, “This little thing called the Internet makes it much harder to govern”.

It is clear that never before in recorded history have humans been able to so quickly transfer information and it is reaching a point where it is going exponential. Quickly after most false-flag attacks, within hours, private investigative journalists from around the world are dissecting the info and exposing the lies. This could be seen with the false-flag attack in Syria where Turkey, a member of NATO, staged the gas attacks in Damascus in August, 2013 killing more than 1,300. The US quickly tried to pin the gas attacks on the Syrian government but within days the global populace was aware that this was likely not what they said it was and with a dearth of public opinion to retaliate, the US government could not attack Syria as per its plans laid out by General Wesley Clark shortly after 9/11.

And so, the most optimistic theory about what is going on right now with soon-to-be-revealed information on 9/11 is that humanity has awoken and the rise of this consciousness amongst a large part of the human populace is finally driving the truth out and shining the light on The Powers That Be (TPTB) and the momentum is too big for even TPTB to hold back now.

The Most Pessimistic Theory

The most pessimistic theory, or the closest we can think up, is that this is all part of a greater script in which certain truths about 9/11 will be revealed and then quickly a massive event will so engulf the world in chaos that it will be wiped down the memory hole, much like Donald Rumsfeld announcing that $2.3 trillion was missing from the US Department of Defense on September 10th, 2001.

The next day something blew up the accounting department of the Pentagon as well three towers in New York City and few spoke of it again.

This time? Who knows. All of a sudden Ebola is the scare of the day (as we discussed yesterday) … perhaps Agenda 21′s population reduction is about to swing into full effect.

Or, if you want to go down the most extreme road, maybe the rumored Project Blue Beam is about to be unleashed.

According to what some believe, the infamous NASA Blue Beam Project has four different steps in order to implement the new-age religion with the Antichrist at its head. We’ll save you the gory details but it results in a gigantic ‘space show’ with three-dimensional optical holograms and sounds, laser projection of multiple holographic images to different parts of the world, each receiving a different image according to predominating regional national religious faith. This new ‘god’s’ voice will be speaking in all languages and the supposed purpose is to scare the world into a new world order.

We doubt this one but, as we said, we tried to think up the most pessimistic theory and this is it … so if you see some new god talking to you from outer space in the coming days …

The Most Logical Theory

Russia 9/11 Memorial

Image: Russia gifted the US this 9/11 Memorial in 2005.

Given everything that is going on between Russia and the US today this could be a massive power struggle between the two governments in which Putin is threatening to expose certain aspects about 9/11 and the US is attempting to front-run them with a more suitable version of events. In this theory, which is the most likely, given evidence to date, it is a massive chess match.

The US and NATO begin to surround Russia with military bases. Check. Putin threatens to release information that 9/11 is an inside job shaking the very foundation of many Americans’ beliefs in their own government. Check. NATO and the US try to take over the Ukraine in a coup. Check. Putin fights back. Check. NATO and the US down a Malaysian airliner and try to blame it on Putin. Check. Putin doesn’t back down and world opinion sides with him and the US begins to release a version of 9/11 to discredit Putin’s information. Check.

If this is the case, then our theory on what Congress is about to release about 9/11 will show a mostly fake Saudi Arabia connection, with a few fall guys in the Bush administration, orchestrated as a semi-”inside job” that will so infuriate and obsess the US populace that any evidence Putin releases will be lost in the noise as the US begins to go on war footing against Saudi Arabia, creating another war and further distracting the public and furthering the tentacles of the US empire in the Middle East. Check.

What is the checkmate of this game? We’ll have to wait and see. With this many pieces on the board anything can happen.

Conclusion

Something big is about to happen. Perhaps not in days … maybe not weeks but almost certainly in months. Whether it is the most optimistic scenario, the most pessimistic, the most logical, something in between or something completely unexpected is unclear.

No matter what happens there is going to be a definite period of chaos and uncomfortableness … to put it lightly. Even in the most optimistic scenario there will be chaos, especially in the US, as the US empire collapses, the dollar collapses and the world begins to pick up the pieces while tens of millions of brainwashed slaves, full of mind-altering pharmaceuticals and completely dependent on the government for survival, roam the streets like zombies. In the most pessimistic, well, let’s not even go there.

And, in the most logical scenario we are looking at continued global turmoil and more war, which will further bankrupt the US government and destroy the US dollar. Shorting the dollar by going long precious metals and bitcoin would be the play.

Buckle up. Here we go.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-walls-are-crumbling-down-around-the-official-911-story-why/5394984

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